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A Political History of Big Science

The Other Europe

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Sheds light on the recent history of Big Science and the role of techno-scientific expertise in the process of European integration

  • Draws on two case studies which have not yet been previously explored from a political history perspective, offering an in-depth analysis of transnational collaborative research

  • Appeals to scholars and students in the fields of European history, transnational history, history of science and technology, STS studies, as well as scientists and policymakers in the respective fields of physics

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xix
  2. What Kind of Europe for European Big Science?

    • Katharina C. Cramer
    Pages 27-57
  3. Back Matter

    Pages 203-241

About this book

This book investigates the political history of Big Science in Europe in the late twentieth century and the early twenty-first century, characterised by the founding histories of two collaborative, single-sited facilities namely the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble, France and the European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser (European XFEL) in Schenefeld, Germany. Under the heading of the other Europe, this book presents the history and politics of European Big Science as an alternative road to (Western) European integration besides the mainstream political integration process of the European Economic Community and the European Union. It shows that Big Science has a role to play in European politics and policymaking and that the crucial and unavoidable symbiosis between science, technology and politics brings the creation of Big Science projects back to geopolitical realities. 

Keywords

  • large-scale scientific research
  • European Synchrotron Radiation Facility
  • X-Ray Free Electron Laser
  • science policy
  • European integration process
  • European Economic Community
  • European Science Foundation

Authors and Affiliations

  • University of Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany

    Katharina C. Cramer

About the author

Katharina C. Cramer is a historian, specialised in the history and politics of science and technology as well as the power of knowledge and innovation in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. She publishes on the topics of Big Science, research infrastructures and the politics of science, technology and knowledge.

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eBook USD 89.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-50049-8
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)